Brian O'Connor had been pitching very well this year until tonight. Through 5 innings, he had only given up 2 runs but he had also given up 10 hits. The hits finally caught up to him in the 6th when Durham scored 6 times. Overall, O'Conner gave up 7 runs on 13 hits in 5 innings. Kelly Johnson led the offense with 3 hits, a double, and 2 RBI's. He also stole a base. Another interesting note involves Rocco Baldelli who was making his 3rd rehab appearance for Durham. He only had 1 at-bat before being taken out of the game. This is only speculation, but he could have reinjured himself. That would be a shame because injuries have already taken such a toll on his young career.
Durham 9, Richmond 3
AA - Mississippi
Paul Bush made another good start going 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. Ryan Basner gave up only 1 hit in the 7th and the 8th, and Zach Scheiber continued his strong pitching since his call-up from Myrtle Beach with 2 strikeouts in a scoreless 9th. Mike Rosamond led the offense with a grand slam in the 5th inning. Matt Esquivel had 2 hits and an RBI and Barbaro Canizares also drove in a run. Gregor Blanco reached base 5 times with 2 hits and 3 walks while stealing his 15th base.
Mississippi 8, Birmingham 2
Low A - Rome
Beau Jones pitched well for 5 innings with no run support and then gave way to the bullpen who let it get out of hand. Jones only allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings. The bullpen gave up 6 runs in the final 4 innings. The Braves made a comback with 4 unearned runs in the bottom of the 9th but it was too little, too late. Jordan Schafer stayed hot going 1-3 with an RBI.
Savannah 7, Rome 5